CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A Clay County deputy’s gun accidentally discharged Thursday, injuring his child.
Deputies said the boy was reaching into the deputy’s pants to get a snack while they were at Wendy’s at 2530 Blanding Blvd. when he jostled the gun, causing it to discharge.
The child was slightly injured by a fragment that ricocheted off the floor and cut his legs and foot, deputies said.
A Wendy’s employee also had minor injuries from the fragments but declined medical treatment.
They said it was the deputy’s private handgun, not a service weapon.
There was no affect on his work status, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Slow clap for the deputy, and the Wendy’s, and all the gun loons who continue to write these daily events off as “just accidents.” Nothing to see here, move along. Meanwhile, those Moms who are demanding that places like Wendy’s and Kroger ban weapons from their premises are — what’s the term the gun loons use? — hysterical gun-grabbing mommies. Riiight.
This weekend I counted what had to have been a record-breaking number of accidental shootings and gun discharges all across the country. In one 72-hour period we had:
• a 5-year-old child shooting himself in the face in Texas;
• a Virginia man killed at a Roanoke shooting range;
• a 4-year-old Virginia child shot in the chest with a pellet gun, who also died;
• a 13-year-old Maryland girl shot in the leg by a 14-year-old when the two found a gun cleaning out a relative’s house;
• a Memphis man accidentally shot and killed by his friend while they were in a car at a Mapco station;
• a gun in a high school student’s backpack discharged at a high school cafeteria in Missouri;
• a gun accidentally discharged at St. Louis County Community College in Ferguson, Mo., as two people discussed the gun’s sale;
.. and these are just the ones reported in the papers. Also, this doesn’t even cover the road rage and other irresponsible behavior that regularly fills the newspapers.
Here’s the thing. Gun accidents happen everywhere in the world. Wherever there are guns there will be gun accidents. It’s called math. In Kenya, a senator’s body guard accidentally shot his employer in the leg. In Saudi Arabia, a 12-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with dad’s hunting weapon. She died. Accidental shootings happen everywhere, because people are not perfect. They forget, they play, they leave things lying around, they screw up. Guns kill and injure, that’s what they’re made to do, and in the hands of imperfect humans accidents happen.
There is no way to avoid that except to limit the number of guns that people are exposed to on a regular basis. That’s called science. It’s also logic and common sense.
And yet, thanks to the loons at the NRA whose only goal is to sell more guns, my daily exposure to weapons has increased, not decreased. So the likelihood that I am going to be accidentally shot going about my daily business (like shopping at Kroger or eating at a restaurant) has increased through no fault of my own.
One of these ads appeared in our local fishwrap this weekend. I do occasionally shop at Kroger but, as long as open carry fanatics are welcomed in their stores anywhere in the U.S., I’m staying away. My life depends on it.